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West Conn front yard before

Connecticut Ave Duplex: The Right Tree

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I have to tell you that the Connecticut Ave duplex facelift project is actually complete…except for the landscaping and that’s what the hold up is. We’ve been waiting for cooler temps to plant in and the time has come. The facelift was a success and I promise to share as soon as the planting is done. You are really, REALLY going to like it but first I had to select the right tree for the front patch of scraggly grass leading up to a drainage ditch. We’re going to turn scraggles up there in to a mulched bed with a nice flowering tree and some other shrubs and grasses. I knew I wanted a white flowering tree that only grew to about 20′ or so. I started out after a Fringe Tree. It’s a beautiful tree with these awesome white blooms that grows well here in the South that people often overlook,…

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The Blues

The Blues

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I started searching some ocean landscapes on Etsy and found some that I really think are fantastic and so I felt compelled to share. So Massimo Vitali, Coney Island get lost in this, Lontano Uninterrupted love the tie-dyed effect and the color combination, Dawn of Creation Misty Blue

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You Like Dags?

You Like Dags?

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I like dags. Brad Pitt likes dags. This is my boy Lex enjoying the NC mountain life. This is Betsy’s patchouli-laced Newfoundland Pollock, his friends call him Pocket. I discovered Deborah’s beautiful corgis Howard and Milo on her blog Dirt Simple. I’m not sure what part of Dirt Simple is my favorite, her Sunday musings, the images of her work, her landscape design advice or explanations about the design process. Can you tell I’m hooked!?!  Deborah is a veteran landscape designer, offering a wealth of great images of some of the projects she has worked on.  I only wish I lived closer to Detroit so I could go to Deborah’s retail spot Detroit Garden Works.  You can also visit Deborah at her website to view her beautiful portfolio and if you’re so lucky, to hire her to transform your outdoor space. I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last time you’ll hear me talk about…

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Sketching My Garden

Sketching My Garden

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I’m gonna take the nod from Monrovia and attempt to design and sketch my own garden. They have some step by step instructions on how to do it. I’m sure there’s some fancy, free program download for garden layouts but I’d rather just attempt it with old fashioned colored pencils and graph paper. We have a blank slate in the backyard at Bungalow 404, I’m embarrassed but here it is, It’s dissapointing to look out the dining room windows and have that view. So first we’ll make the plan then the budget and finally…the magic.  I plan on sketching on Sunday, that is my goal and I want to emphasize the word goal. Those bushes are growing out of an old cement foundation that will need to be removed and the whole yard will have to be leveled before the real fun can begin.  You cannot tell from the image but the…

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